Cardiovascular Unit (CVU)
After heart surgery, the road back to cardiac health begins in the cardiovascular unit. This 10-bed critical care unit is specially designed to meet the complex needs of patients who have undergone major surgeries of the heart, chest, and vascular system.
Those who enter the CVU from surgery are immediately assigned a dedicated cardiac nurse for those first critical 18 to 24 hours. This is a time of focused patient care – care that helps our patients and their families take those first, small, victorious steps: out of bed, down the hallway, and on the journey back to health.
The CVU team are specialty-trained cardiac professionals: nurses, physician assistants, perfusionists, respiratory specialists, rehabilitation specialists, and consulting physicians, all dedicated to restoring our patients to health and wellness. They take pride in their work, and it shows through the voices of our patients, who have placed Jefferson Regional in the vanguard of patient care excellence.
Progressive Coronary Care Unit (PCCU)
In the PCCU, the journey to cardiopulmonary health and rehabilitation continues with close monitoring, patient education, and preparation to leave the hospital and begin to embrace heart-healthy living.
This 28-bed telemetry monitoring unit is designed to continue and solidify a patient’s healing and recovery from cardiac surgery. With quiet, private rooms, and a dedicated, experienced, and caring staff, the PCCU provides high quality care to patients that have undergone open heart surgery, heart catheterization, angioplasty, stents, and placement of pacemakers and defibrillators.
Nurse clinicians in the PCCU work with each patient on a recovery education plan: managing activities of daily living, including walking and stair climbing, taking new medications to help lower risk factors, and transition to home and cardiac rehabilitation.
After discharge, a member of the nursing management team maintains contact with families and caregivers to ensure that each patient has a good understanding of their discharge instructions, has scheduled follow-up appointments, and received necessary medications and support to continue their recovery.